ISCP 2018 Newsletter

The ISCP has distributed its 2018 Newsletter, with Society business and the mini-conference it is organizing at the WCP this summer. Read on!


Dear Members and Associates of the ISCP:

Greetings! On behalf of the Executive Board of the ISCP, I wish to give you an update of the society’s new progress.  At the end of 2017, we have successfully run the election of our new President and Vice President.  The term for President and VP is two years, and the Vice President will step up to be the next President by default (through a formal voting process).  Professor Chenyang Li has gloriously completed his two-year term as President of the ISCP, and Professor Richard King from Bern University in Switzerland, previously the VP, is now the new President. Professor Yang Guorong 杨国荣 from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, has been elected the new Vice President.  Their term starts on January 1st of 2018.  The Executive Board, consisting of Ann Pang-White, Weimin Sun, Jinli He, Wu Genyou, Zheng Zemian, and myself, will continue our five-year term to assist the President and Vice President in organizing the bi-annual ISCP conference in Bern (2019) and Shanghai (2021).

For the 24th WCP in Beijing in August 2018, the ISCP has organized a two-day mini-conference with eight thematic sessions, and 33 presenters. The program has been accepted by the secretary-general of FISP as well as the organizing committee of the WCP.  Here is the proposed program:


ISCP WCP Program Proposal [August 14-15, 2018]


Day 1 (August 14, 2018)


ISCP Panel I: Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, Session I


Thematic Comparative Philosophy on Early Confucianism

Time: 1:50m

1.     Puqun Li (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada): “Dwelling in Peace and Joy (an 安、le乐) in the Analects―Confucius’ Positive Psychology”

2.     May Sim (College of the Holy Cross, USA): “Wise Agents East & West: From Individual to Cosmic Agency”

3.     Kai Wang (Beijing Normal University, China): “Xunzi’s Notion of Self-cultivation in the Perspective of Aristotelian Virtue Ethics”

4.     Chi-Shing Chen (National Chengchi University, Taiwan): “Virtue Jurisprudence: Aristotelian Equity and Category of Xunzi”


ISCP Panel II: Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, Session II


Through the Looking Glass of the Other

Time: 1:50m

1.       Douglas L. Berger (Leiden University, Netherlands):

Paramārtha / 真諦 and Schopenhauer: A Case Study of Western Misrepresentations of Buddhism”

2.       Roy Tseng (Academia Sinica, Taiwan): “Toward a Confucian Liberalism”

3.       Tzuli Chang (Fudan University, China): “A Confucian Response to Rawls’ Conception of Moral Persons”

4.       Carl Joseph Helsing (High Point University, North Carolina, U.S): “Language Games and Liberation: Linguistic Strategies of Utility, Therapy, and Creativity in the Zhuāngzi’s Inner Chapters”


ISCP Panel III: Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, Session III


Comparative Philosophy in Context

Time: 1:50m

1.     Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands, USA), “Comparing Chinese and Western Philosophy in Context”

2.     Yao-Cheng Chang (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “Standards of Argumentation: The Rising Importance of San Biao in Modern Mohist Studies”

3.     Rina Marie Camus (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong): “Is there Zhi 志 in Western Philosophy? An Asymmetric Comparison from East to West”

4.     Philipp Renninger (Cotutelle Universities of Lucerne (CH) and Freiburg (DE)): “Comparing Legal Philosophical Traditions in the Chinese and the German-speaking World”


ISCP Panel IV: Gender Studies, Women Issues, and Chinese Philosophy

Time: 1:50m

1.     Ranjoo Herr (Bentley University, USA): “Does a feminist future in East Asia require Western feminism?”

2.     Ann Pang-White (The University of Scranton, USA): “Female Chastity in the Yijing and Other Confucian Texts: Genealogy and Radicalization”

3.     Lili Zhang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore): “Revisit Yin-Yang Relation in the Yijing

4.     Yuanfang Dai (Michigan State University, USA): “Rethinking Difference and Solidarity in Feminist Philosophy: Connecting East and West with a Chinese Transcultural Perspective”


Day 2 (August 15, 2018)


ISCP Panel V: “Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers” Session I

Time: 1:50m

How to Become a Philosopher: The Many Lives of Yang Zhu

1.     Carine Defoort (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “Unfounded and Unfollowed Mencius’s Portrayal of Yang Zhu and Mo Di”

2.     Attilio Andreini (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy): “Beyond the Mengzi: Another side of the Yang-Mo symbol”

3.     Jongchul Park (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “The Ethical Features in Yang Zhu’s Philosophy Based on his Mingshi Theory(名實論)”

4.     Abigail Wang 王曉薇 (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “Republican Intellectuals on Yang Zhu: Mencius’ critique on Yang and Mo revisited (1903-1940)”


ISCP Panel VI: “Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers” Session II

Time: 1:50m

Wang Fuzhi’s Philosophy for the Contemporary World

1.     Liangjian Liu (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China), “A Moral Philosophy based on the Doctrine of Vital Energy (Qi) and Affective Mindset (Xin): Wang Fuzhi’s Study of Mencius and Its Contemporary Significance”

2.     Dawid Rogacz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland): “Wang Fuzhi’s Philosophy of History– A Distinctive Form of Historical Materialism?”

3.     Tian Feng 田豐 (Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China), “The Significance of Wang Chuanshan’s Historical Cultivation to Modern Personality”

4.     Nicholas Brasovan (The University of Central Arkansas), “Ecological Humanism in the Philosophy of Wang Fuzhi”

5.     JeeLoo Liu (California State University-Fullerton, USA), “What can we learn from Wang Fuzhi’s moral sentimentalism?”


ISCP Panel VII: “Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers” Session III

Time: 1:50m

1.     Heawon Choi (University of British Columbia, Canada): “Misinterpreter or Reinterpreter? Zhi Dun and His Buddhist Philosophy Reconsidered.”

2.     Jinli He (Trinity University, USA): “Wang Guowei on Ziran”

3.     Rafal Banka (Jagiellonian University, Poland): “Li Zehou’s Philosophical Aesthetics and Consciousness”

4.     Yao-nan Zhang張耀南 (Beihang University, China) and Shuang Qian錢爽(Ghent University, Belgium): “Tetralogy of ZHANG Dong-sun’s Four Declarations of Knowledge and Logic”


ISCP Panel VIII: Relevance of Chinese Philosophy in the Modern World

Time: 1:50m

1.     Geir Sigurðsson (University of Iceland, Iceland): “Future Aging on Ancient Terms? Confucian Filiality and Senescence”

2.     Jaeyong Song (McMaster University, Canada): “‘Share and Rule’: The Implications of the Fengjian Discourse for the Modern World”

3.     Guo Wu (Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA): “Ontology of Sensibilities: How Can Chinese Philosophy Influence the Modern World?”

4.     Chi-Fang Tseng (Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan): “Buddhism Approach to Differentiation in the Modern World”

Respectfully Submitted

JeeLoo Liu

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